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    Shogo Yahagi 

Shogo Yahagi

Voiced in Japanese by: Masato Kubota (Part 1), Kazuki Yao (Part 2)
Voiced in English by: Vic Mignogna (ADV Films), Bob Bergen (Streamline Pictures), Kerrigan Mahan (International)
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  • Burger Fool: Shogo's day job.
  • Adam and Eve Plot: Eve's interest in Shogo turns out to be in determining whether his love for Yui, and to a lesser extent his concern for his friends, might make them all candidates for repopulating earth after A.D.A.M. destroys the Megazone. To make it more literal, the defence system for Earth is the ADAM System, while the computer system built into the city computer is called EVE, as is the female proxy for humanity in all the installments.
  • Casting Couch: Shogo isn't above using his Garland to "rescue" her before anything happens.
  • Can't Stop the Signal: Subverted in Part I. Shogo's first idea after receiving the Garland is to call into Eve's morning talk show, show the bike off, and hand it over to the TV station. B.D. and the Army override the broadcast and try to capture Shogo. The next plan is to help Tomomi make a movie using the Garland, to get word out that way. Tomomi is killed by a Man In Black just as she finishes editing her film — and Shogo is framed for the murder.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Shogo just happens to be close friends with Yui's roommates, Tomomi and Mai, even though he only meets Yui after almost running over her.
  • Dwindling Party: The bikers (mostly decoys) are shown being gradually picked off as Shogo approaches Bahamut in Part 2.
  • Fanservice: Shogo and Yui's sex scene in Part I serves only to provide eye candy while Shogo delivers a big load of Expo Speak in voiceover. Conversely, their sex scene in Part II is completely gratuitous, just like the violence.
  • Gratuitous English: Shogo's "Sex Wax" jacket from Part 2.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: When Shogo first drives off with the Garland, the enemies get a nice tight grouping of bullets on everything to the side of him.
  • It's Personal: In Part II, since B.D. framed Shogo for Tomomi's murder.
  • Left for Dead: At the end of Part I, B.D. gives Shogo the beating of his life - and doesn't even bother to see if he's alive before he leaves.
  • Phlebotinum Rebel: Him and the Garland motorcycle.
  • Released to Elsewhere: When Shogo's friend Shinji is killed after showing the Garland, Shogo becomes more suspicious when his friends are told that Shinji suddenly left for training in the United States.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Shogo starts out as a hapless twentysomething nobody. Then he gets a superbike that turns into a robot. Then he becomes and outlaw and starts hobnobbing with dangerous lunatics.

    Yui Takanaka 

Yui Takanaka

Voiced in Japanese by: Maria Kawamura
Voiced in English by: Allison Keith (ADV Films), Barbara Goodson (Streamline Pictures, International)
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  • Casting Couch: Aspiring dancer Yui isn't above resorting to this for the sake of her career.
  • Fanservice: Shogo and Yui's sex scene in Part I serves only to provide eye candy while Shogo delivers a big load of Expo Speak in voiceover. Conversely, their sex scene in Part II is completely gratuitous, just like the violence.
  • Important Haircut: Yui gets one, along with trying to Take a Level in Badass, while trying to rekindle her relationship with Shogo in Part II.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Yui during and after she shagged with Shougo. His nipples were also shown.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Teal hair.
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    Mai Yumekano 

Mai Yumekano

Voiced in Japanese by: Mayumi Shō
Voiced in English by: Sasha Paysinger (ADV Films), Lia Sargent (Streamline Pictures)
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  • Idol Singer: Mai is an aspiring singer and songwriter, who occasionally rehearses during happier times.
  • Ojou: She's the daughter of the mayor of Tokyo; after B.D.'s coup and the murder of Tomomi, her father asks her to come back home, driving home how much Yui's life is falling apart.

    Tomomi Murashita 

Tomomi Murashita

Voiced in Japanese by: Mina Tominaga
Voiced in English by: Hilary Haag (ADV Films), Edie Mirman (Streamline Pictures)
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  • Amateur Film-Making Plot: Tomomi persuades Shogo to let her use the Garland, and later the abandoned areas of the Megazone, as cheap special effects for a movie she'd make. B.D.'s men in black kill her the moment she finishes editing her film.
  • Disposable Woman: Her death becomes a plot starter for Part II.
  • Kill the Cutie: In Part I.

    Eve Tokimatsuri 

Eve Tokimatsuri

Voiced in Japanese by: Kumi Miyasato (Part 1-2), Saki Takaoka (Part 3)
Voiced in English by: Monica Rial (ADV Films), Brittany Harlowe (Streamline Pictures) (Part 1), Muriel Fargo (International) (Part 2)
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  • Adam and Eve Plot: Eve's interest in Shogo turns out to be in determining whether his love for Yui, and to a lesser extent his concern for his friends, might make them all candidates for repopulating earth after A.D.A.M. destroys the Megazone. To make it more literal, the defence system for Earth is the ADAM System, while the computer system built into the city computer is called EVE, as is the female proxy for humanity in all the installments.
  • Art Shift
    • Ret-Gone: Eve's hair color changed to be exclusively platinum blond in Part III and Aoi Garland, despite the latter two portrayals being set in Parts 1 and 2. This is even retconned within the series when The original Megazone 23's Eve is visited by the real Eve and Eiji, and even they have platinum blond hair!
  • Distressed Damsel: Eve is mostly a hostage of the military through the first two installments.
  • Evil Diva: Arguably, Eve. Arguably subverted by the real Eve, who is the absent hyperuser for the entire civic computer system.
  • Fanservice Pack: Played fairly straight with Eve, except in Part II when she's reprogrammed as a propaganda tool, wearing solely an unflattering military uniform. Every other appearance of Eve, even the real one looks far nicer on the eyes.
  • Fountain of Youth: This is taken to a extreme with the real Eve Tokimatsuri, who is found having not aged a single day... in the entire length of the series, which takes place over a thousand years.
  • Humanity on Trial: The effective purpose of Eve's talk with Shogo about life, the universe, and everything in Part II.
  • Idol Singer: Eve Tokimatsuri is introduced as the favorite pop idol of Tokyo. Even centuries later during Part III, her virtual persona is still at the top of the charts.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Some of the members of Orange Amusements talk about Eve's age, joking slightly about how, if there is a real Eve, she'd be as old as the Bishop Won Dai, a centuries-old spiritual leader. She's several centuries OLDER, and is still around the same physical age as Eiji himself!
  • Mystical White Hair
  • Robot Girl: Implied. Eve is just a normal teenage girl... who went into hypersleep for over a millenia.
  • Virtual Celebrity: Turns out to be a program based on the appearance of a child genius who worked on the original Megazone program. This is pivotal when Eve is the only person alive with administrator rights on the civic computer system.

    Shinji Nakagawa 

Shinji Nakagawa

Voiced in Japanese by: Kōichi Yamadera
Voiced in English by: Illich Guardiola (ADV Films), Dan Woren (Streamline Pictures)
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    B. D. 

B. D.

Voiced in Japanese by: Kaneto Shiozawa
Voiced in English by: Andy McAvin (ADV Films), Gregory Snegoff (Streamline Pictures), Michael McConnohie (International)
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  • Dystopia Is Hard: B.D.'s arc in Part II, such as it is, is that even after Shogo's defeat in the previous episode, things are falling apart around him despite his best efforts. The war against the Dezalg is hopeless, his backers are plotting against him, and his only hope of finally getting Bahamut under control is the biker punk he left for dead.
  • Fountain of Youth: In part II, B.D. looks at least ten years younger than his part I self. And is also more buff.
  • The Heavy: In Part I, B.D. is the face of the militant faction of the Megazone's government that pursues Shogo. He eventually shoots his superiors during the Military Coup and becomes the de facto leader of the new government.
  • The Men in Black: B.D. and his minions first operate as this before escalating to using Mini-Mecha in broad daylight.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: B.D.'s goal in taking control of the Megazone's government and the Bahamut computer was to mobilize it against the threat of the Dezalg — and he didn't care who he had to hurt to accomplish that goal. At the end of Part II after A.D.A.M. starts destroying the Megazone, he orders his men to evacuate as many civilians as possible, and makes his peace with Shogo before charging off to a Bolivian Army Ending in the hope that somebody will survive the disaster.
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    Lightning 

Lightning

Voiced in Japanese by: Shigeru Chiba
Voiced in English by: Jason Douglas (ADV Films), Tom Wyner (International)
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  • Badass Biker: He's the effective second in command of the "Trash" gang, deferring to Shogo's leadership. He also shows his ability to kick ass throughout the second OVA, even in the Garland.
  • Multicolored Hair: Has blond, orange, and blue hair.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Cigarettes are almost as essential as beer for the Trash gang, and Lightning is able to make them look good.

    Gutz 

Gutz

Voiced in Japanese by: Kōzō Shioya
Voiced in English by: George Manley (ADV Films), Jeff Winkless (International)
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  • Badass Cape: Wears a cape proudly announcing his leadership of the "suicide squad".
  • The Big Guy: Larger than most of the cast, and the leader of the Trash gang's "suicide squad", able to throw police cars around and hold off entire SWAT teams to defend his friends.

    Cindy 

Cindy

Voiced in Japanese by: Yōko Ogai
Voiced in English by: Tiffany Grant (ADV Films), Melora Harte (International)
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  • Biker Babe: Lightning's de facto girlfriend, and the leader of the trio who take Yui under their wing in the Trash gang.

    Lieutenant Shiratori 

Lieutenant Shiratori

Voiced in Japanese by: Show Hayami
Voiced in English by: John Gremillion (ADV Films), Gregory Snegoff (International)
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  • The Heavy: Shiratori becomes the primary opponent of Shogo in Part II, since B.D. has other things to worry about until the Megazone is being overrun.
  • Inspector Javert: He doesn't know and doesn't care about what Shogo wants or why he was driven to rebellion; he's just following his orders to capture the youth, no matter what.
  • Sergeant Rock: A militaristic leader who is more than willing to punch the teeth out of any of his men who appear to be whining.

    Eiji Takanaka 

Eiji Takanaka

Voiced in Japanese by: Takeshi Kusao
Voiced in English by: Jay Hickman (ADV Films), Michael McGhee (Manga UK)
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  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Subverted with Eiji's interactions with Sion, after he decides to date Ryo by random chance. Completely played straight with Eve's interactions with Eiji AND Sion!
  • Knife Nut: His fighting style while in a Garland.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Seems to be a rule of thumb with people given that particular Garland, in that Eiji Takanaka defeats the E=X driving it.
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    Bishop Won Dai 

Bishop Won Dai

Voiced in Japanese by: Kouji Nakata, Kazuki Yao
Voiced in English by: Chris Patton (ADV Films), Robert Glenister (Manga UK)
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    Yacob Halm 

Yacob Halm

Voiced in Japanese by: Makoto Ataka
Voiced in English by: Illich Guardiola (ADV Films), Adam Matalon (Manga UK)
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    Ryo Narahara 

Ryo Narahara

Voiced in Japanese by: Hiroko Kasahara
Voiced in English by: Jessica Boone
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    Bud 

Bud

Voiced in Japanese by: Nozomu Sasaki
Voiced in English by: Spike Spencer
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    Sion 

Sion

Voiced in Japanese by: Kōichi Yamadera
Voiced in English by: Brett Weaver
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